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March General Meeting  

The Golden Bull Restaurant
7 Dalamar Street
Gaithersburg, Maryland  20877

Map to The Golden Bull Restaurant

Mar 18, 2010    6:00 pm - 9:15 pm

"Implementing Process Improvement Plans Using the DMAIC Approach"

presented by

Katherine Hodges

Thursday, March 18, 2010

At the

The Golden Bull Restaurant
Gaithersburg, MD
Registration & Networking: 6:00 p.m.           
Dinner  7:00 p.m.
General Announcements 8:00 p.m.
Program 8:15 p.m.
Adjourn  9:15 p.m.

The cost is $15.00 for members and students or $25.00 for non-members.

Registration: Please register by clicking here or by contacting Mrs. Michele Withnell at (301) 461-2469 or . Please note:  Meal preferences cannot be guaranteed if one is not registered by Tuesday, March 16, 6:00pm. You may attend the presentation without attending the dinner.

Important Notice: ASQ Section 509 is responsible for the meals for all �No shows� at The Golden Bull Restaurant.  Please help us control our losses by notifying our Arrangements Chair Mrs. Michele Withnell at to cancel your dinner prior to the event.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Program Summary:

The topic of this discussion will be how using the DMAIC (Define Measure Analyze Improve Control) problem solving method can help ensure efficient, measurable, and sustainable process improvement solutions.  Approaching projects with this data driven method provides end users with projects that are executed with calculated risk and quantifiable benefits. Following this process in conjunction with Lean and Six Sigma techniques will help to execute projects designed to deliver lasting results to our customers. 
Speakers' Biography: 

My professional career started as a Mechanical Engineer in the consulting world.  As a commercial/professional consulting engineer, I ran projects ranging in size from less than $25,000 to over $10,000,000.  After being in the consulting world for about 8 years, I moved to the �owners� side and started my journey in pharmaceuticals.  I was a project manager for a small generic oral solid dosage facility in Philadelphia.  From there I moved into a senior engineering project manager for Pfizer�s largest US manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo MI.  Projects ranged from small repair and capitals spend to master planning infrastructure upgrades for the entire site (over 15,000 acres.) It was at Pfizer where I had the opportunity to learn the premises of Six Sigma.  I obtained my Green Belt and Black Belt training there.  I left the mid west about 2 years ago for my current position with MedImmune within the Global Engineering group.  I quickly transitioned to the Corporate Operational Excellence team where I currently work as and Operational Excellence Manager.  In this role I support our Global Operations sites located in Maryland, Philadelphia, Louisville KY, Liverpool UK, and Nijmegen, Netherlands and our support groups (Global Engineering, Supply Chain, QA/QC/GXP).  In addition to supporting these sites I support our Clinical operations teams, Legal, and Public Affairs.

For more information and directions to the restaurant, see the March General Meeting Announcement.